Laptops come in various features, sizes, prices, and choosing the right one can be very challenging.
Before buying a laptop, decide on your priority, here is guide to help you in making an informed choice.
Laptops are expensive irrespective of the model you purchase. Do not buy a laptop based on the price alone. Some people will choose the cheapest laptop while another person will choose the most expensive one, thinking it would be the best based on the price.
Buying a laptop based on the price alone can be a mistake.
The cheapest laptop may not serve your need, like adequate storage capacity or important features you may need for work while the most expensive laptop may have excess storage and features you do not require, meaning you be paying for what you do not need.
Thus, instead of being on the two extremes, it is better to set a budget – you can set a price range. The next step is to identify your needs and what you expect from the new laptop you intend to acquire. then find a device that offers most of your needs within your price range.
Test before you buy:
Testing a device before buying it would allow you to see features it has and to know if it fits yours need. Most laptop sellers allow the buyer to test the device. If for some reason you were not allowed to test it or did not have the opportunity to do so, be sure to intimate yourself with the return policy and the written features of the laptop.
Consider a long term usage.
The laptop you buy today can be used for some years ahead, thus it will be better to buy a laptop that can also serve your future needs and not just your current need. If your intention is to buy replace your current laptop, let the new device be an improvement on the current one.
Finally, size does not determine quality
In choosing the size of the device you will buy, consider where you plan to use it. Will it be used exclusively at home, office or shuffled in between, requiring you to carry a backpack? The answer to these questions will influence the size of the device you would want to buy for your comfort.
A 15 inches laptop will be more suitable for an exclusively office or home use, provided you have sufficient space on your desk. However, carrying a heavy laptop in your backpack regularly will not be good for you. Thus, a smaller device, say eleven inches or there about will be more suitable if you intend to be moving around with it.
While making a decision, consider different factors and do not decide based on only one factor. Do your due diligence before purchasing a new device, so that you can get value for your money.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.